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It was anything but an ordinary day when local residents in Venice spotted something wrong with the city’s famous Grand Canal.

A part of the famous waterway was turned bright green with police investigating the matter as they speculate it may have been a stunt by environmentalists.

In a tweet, the Veneto region’s president Luca Zaia said the matter is of serious concern.

“The prefect has called an urgent meeting with the police to investigate the origin of the liquid.”

Tourists flocked to the stretch of the Grand Canal affected by the colour change to take photos.

CNN reports that it’s not the first time the Grand Canal has been turned green:

In 1968, Argentine artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu dyed the waters of Venice’s Grand Canal green with a fluorescent dye during the 34th Venice Biennale in a stunt to promote ecological awareness.

So far, no one has come forward to claim the act, but the Italian fire service has been called in to assist the regional environmental protection agency to take samples for testing and start the clean-up project.

Gondoliers weren’t that affected as they could still be seen punting through the bright green waters showing tourists the inner waterways of the Italian city.

Image credit: DW

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